ATM Skimming: Bihar cop’s debit card cloned, Rs 40,000 withdrawn


Team Udayavani, Mar 23, 2021, 12:49 PM IST

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Kolkata: A sub-inspector in Bihar became the victim of an ATM fraud as scamsters duped him of Rs 40,000 in Kolkata.

According to the reports, the sub-inspector alleged that his debit card was cloned, and an amount of  Rs. 40,000 was withdrawn from his account at an ATM kiosk near Yogajog Bhawan in Kolkata.

The cops suspect that a skimming gang that dupes people by inserting skimming machines at ATMs or replacing an original card with a fake one may be responsible for the fraud.

Reports revealed that the gang had fitted the skimming machine sometime in December at Darbhanga but the money was withdrawn in Kolkata after three months.

ATM Skimming occurs when an ATM is comp[promised by a skimmer, and card information is stolen. Fraudsters install a small device, known as a skimmer. When the card is swiped at the machine, the skimmer captures the information stored on the card’s magnetic strip. Thieves obtain card details like the ATM pin and use it to purchase things online or create cloned cards.

After a senior citizen was duped by fraudsters when he went to withdraw money from the ATM of a bank in the Park City area, the case was brought to the notice. Another similar case where an IAS officer had alleged that Rs 18,000 was withdrawn from his private bank account using his debit card details when he was in his office.

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